Applied Projects

From Culture of Power to Empowerment: An Intervention Program for Leadership Development and Cultural Change​

How do organizations increase innovation and agility in today’s VUCA environment? Majority countries of the world experience “power hierarchies” in their cultural context (see, https://geerthofstede.com/culture-geert-hofstede-gert-jan-hofstede/6d-model-of-national-culture/), which implies centralized decision making, paternalistic leadership, conformity and loyalty to authority. Innovation and agility do not flourish in the culture of power. Prof. Zeynep Aycan developed a training and consulting program for the new generation leaders who can transform the culture of power to that of empowerment in their organizational context. The program is comprised of 5 modules. They are the paths through which culture is transformed (Figure 1 below). The program is comprised of 4 components: need assessment with a standardized measurement tool, lectures, experiential learning activities, and one-on-one coaching. It has been delivered in profit and non-profit organizations. The effectiveness of this program has been tested by pre- and post-intervention assessments.

Coaching IWOP Students to Be ‘Trainers’ – May 2019

Graduate student members of the Leadership Lab provided coaching to undergraduate students taking the IWOP course. Undergraduate students were asked to design and implement three-hour trainings to working adults and student clubs on a wide range of topics such as “teamwork”, “work-life balance”, “agility in workplace”, and “green workplace behavior” as a part of the course’s applied projects assignment. LLab members trained the trainers and provided coaching to undergraduates.

Assessment Center Project for GLLP – June 2019

Leadership Lab members designed and implemented an assessment center for the selection of the new cohort of the Global Learning and Leadership Program (GLLP; https://gllp.ku.edu.tr/). The GLLP is a track certificate program providing students with the opportunity to acquire global competencies to thrive in a 21st century world Specially designed assessment center consists of multiple activities that measure applicants’ competencies on leadership, environmental awareness, communication, diversity awareness, teamwork, problem solving and vision.

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